Safe Routes to School Programs
Our in-school bike and walk education programs
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Bike Easy partners with schools and community organizations to educate the next generation of bicyclists and pedestrians – and we provide resources, information, and encouragement to promote biking and walking to school.
These students are the next generation of bikers, walkers and drivers on our roadways, so our youth programs encourage safe, smart, courteous behavior. These programs are for parents, teachers, and schools looking to promote:
- Healthy and active behavior
- Safe and smart riding skills for daily use
- An easy way to commute to school
TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS
Bike Easy established the Walk & Roll to School curriculum for elementary students in 2015. Expanding on this effort to teach students about bike safety, Bike Easy now works directly with PE Teachers to incorporate safety lessons directly into their classes. After completion of the training, teachers are then able to incorporate biking in their PE classes.
We have trained PE teachers in over a dozen schools in Orleans Parish and are expanding this training to Jefferson Parish teachers in the 2018/19 school year.
For most students, bicycling is their first introduction to the rules of the road, and a bike is their first vehicle! Bike Easy works with 4th and 5th grade students in schools across our region, offering both bike and walk safety education. During the 2017/18 school year, Bike Easy expanded in-classroom trainings into an afterschool Bike Club. Our curriculum focuses on:
- Safe biking and walking habits
- Route mapping for biking and walking routes
- Active transportation and the benefits of bicycling
Using our bike fleet of 15 youth bikes, we give students the opportunity to practice safe biking techniques during PE, Health, or Enrichment periods. Students learn and practice the basics of bicycle safety, including right of way, signaling, fitting a helmet, and riding safely on the road.
The skills that we teach in our presentations, workshops and bike rodeos are critical for them to bike safely in their neighborhoods, with their families, and ride as part of Bike and Walk to School Days.
The Walk & Roll to School curriculum development and program delivery were made possible by a Safe Routes to Schools grant through the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, funded to the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University in partnership with Bike Easy.
Interested in bringing these programs to your school? Contact Keith.